Uncommon Handbound Books by Cindy Leaders


BEST Collaborative Book Project Sneak Peak

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I'm participating in the first ever collaborative book project hosted by the Bookbinding Etsy Street Team (BEST for short). About twenty book artists are making pages for three different themed books. Each one in my group is producing the same page seven times, one for each participant and a show piece for the team. All of us will receive a full set of pages to bind into our own artist book. It's a very cool idea which I understand is done regularly, but this is my first. I've been a little anxious about my pages but they're done now and leaving for Utah tomorrow!


The poem upon which my book is based is titled Desert Lizard by one of our artists. I don't know if I have the right to print it here, but basically its got a desert-y, rusty feel to it, and trains and oil tankers figure in as well. Lots of cool imagery. My page is actually made from a sheet of sandpaper. The gritty side is painted with acrylic paints in hot desert colors. Since sandpaper cracks when bent, I've covered the fold with linen tape that's been painted with a textured rust paint. The tape wasn't sticking very well, so I used copper stained glass tape to cover all the edges. I like the shiny element the copper tape adds.

To the other side, I affixed a magazine page that had been treated with Citrasolve a la a CPS article from a few months ago. They're all different, but most are dark, suggesting to me a night landscape. I actually had these already and was just waiting for a place to use them. I painted and stamped the page just a little and added a clunky embellishment made from a big rubber washer and a couple of smaller metals ones that I aged, glued and wired together with copper wire. I was thinking "train" when I made these, but it's possible that they would stand in for the sun as well.


Can't wait to see everyone elses' contributions!

9 comments:

Melanie May 4, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

I HAVE to try the citrasolve now. I just have to! I love this page ... what a wonderful idea of using sandpaper as a PAGE! I would LOVE getting this in the mail.

Useful Books May 4, 2010 at 7:00 PM  

Thanks, Melanie! I love the look of the citrasolve pages but they don't take to glue well. They're must magazine pages, after all, and buckle with even small amounts of pva. I used my xyron machine to adhere these.

Niko May 5, 2010 at 6:46 AM  

Gorgeous work. I can't wait until everyone's work is posted to the BEST blog for us all to drool over!

PrairiePeasant May 6, 2010 at 1:17 PM  

Is the citrasolve like a bleach solution? I love the sandpaper idea! This project is just amazing, and it's so interesting reading everyone's blogs to see how their pages are progressing.

Useful Books May 10, 2010 at 6:20 AM  

CitraSolv is a cleaning product concentrate. I have no idea why it does this to magazine ink but it's pretty cool, huh? It doesn't change the texture of the page at all. It's still slick and smooth, exactly as prior to the process. You can find directions here: http://www.citra-solv.com/newcitraartist/tutorial4.html

Nathalie Thompson June 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM  

your pages are very creative! I like the possibilties of sandpaper- just a little hard to work with. This sounds like a very cool swap! A book of artistic pages that are okay to leave blank! I hope you show some of what you get back (bound).

Lizzie June 5, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

There's a type of painting paper, which is like sandpaper in texture, but more flexible. I forget what it's called though.. ahhh...tip-of-my-tongue...bleah!! Ah yes "Pumicef" (or something like that.. can't spell it, but it's an oiled paper with a fine sandpaper-like texture on one surface. It's sandpaper colour too.

I like the Citrasolve idea. At college we used a paintbrush cleaning liquid to make transfers of magazine pages. You paint the liquid on the back of the image that you want. It loosens the ink and when you press it onto a sheet of clean paper it will transfer. It was pretty cool and good fun (if a bit smelly!).

Your pages are great - the hot colours and sandpaper texture on one side, with rust and streaky bits... then the magazine page on the inside, with your hand-made embellishment. I like it all a lot!
It will be exciting to see the finished book projects.

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